Seed distributors are reporting strong sales of grass seeds during spring 2020. The good weather in April, May and June, along with the fact that farmers had more free time and extra help around the farm due to COVID-19, are two likely factors for the increased demand.

It remains to be seen how the year will pan out as a whole, but wet weather and soggy land in the north and west will hamper hopes of getting grass seed established in these parts this autumn. My preference is always for spring reseeding, but autumn reseeding makes up a significant proportion of the market, particularly on some beef farms, where demand for grass can often be less in the autumn. Kieran Mailey shares his top tips for autumn reseeding.